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Tuesday, January 18, 2011  
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Welcome to the Spring 2011 Semester!
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Welcome to the beginning of the spring semester! During the break, I attended an alumni reception in San Francisco. It was a pleasure to be with graduates spanning the years 1947 to 2002. One of the interesting stories shared was by an alumna from the class of 1970. She talked of taking a course entitled Integrated Arts. While the course was neither within her major nor connected to her passion at the time, she reflected on how the course helped shape her life. Integrated Arts provided her a window into a world that she truly embraces today and is one of her fondest memories of her Rockford College learning journey.

I have heard dozens of similar stories throughout my time of meeting with our graduates. In each case, some course, some experience, some personal connection at our College became a lifelong and positive memory. The multiplicity of connections within our liberal arts core curriculum is life shaping. Through the structure of the curriculum and conversations in and out of classrooms, these connections are made explicit.

The learning journey for every Rockford College student is different and the path is not always straight. Regardless, the journey is filled with exploration and discovery. The outcome is individual growth and development, and the ability to change the world.

One such opportunity for discovery occurred here on campus this past Saturday during the eighth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast held in Regents Hall. The event drew nearly 200 guests including Mayor Larry Morrissey, State Representative Chuck Jefferson, ministers from several faiths, and students from various institutions.

During the breakfast Dr. King’s legacy, including his commitment to youth, education and service was uplifted, all in preparation for yesterday, the 26th time our nation has formally recognized Dr. King and his memory through National holiday.

On that note, I applaud our students who volunteered yesterday at Carpenter’s Place as a part of the MLK Day of Service. Perhaps, someday forty years from now the participants will be talking to the 20th or 21st president of Rockford College about the power of that experience and the effect it had on their lives. I urge you all to find your moments, your own points of connection at RC and use them to your best advantage.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.


The Marketing department is running a campaign to remind the campus community and the public just how much Rockford College 'Rocks.' We are all doing amazing work and the stories should be shared! Each week, look forward to a new letter of 'R.O.C.K.S.' as it will represent an area in which we excel. Find out more at Should you have submissions, please contact Cassie Swanson at Here is this week's story:

S: Successful Alumni

Rockford College has helped many achieve their dream job. After graduating from the MAT program, Genevieve Matlby-Bonavia pursued her dream and is now teaching special education in the Rockford area. Learn more about how RC Rocks at

College will host the annual Rock-N-Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive this Saturday

Saturday, January 22nd, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Burpee Center, Rockford College will host the 11th annual Rock-N-Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive. This is the largest blood drive of the year for the Rock River Valley Blood Center. Stone and Double T from WXRX will be broadcasting live so come on out, roll up your sleeve and save a life! This is the second year the College has hosted this event. Contact Cassie Swanson at with questions.

Athletic Visit Day is January 29

Do you know a prospective student athlete? Encourage him or her to attend Athletic Visit Day on January 29. Students will learn about RC athletics, meet with coaches, tour campus and enjoy chicken wings and a basketball game. Students can register online! (Please visit

Visit Day slated for February 5

Visit Day is an excellent opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn about RC. Here’s how you can help: share the wonderful opportunities available at RC with a prospective RC student by inviting him or her to Visit day! Learn more or register at

Where's Robert?

Each week, we give you a glimpse of the important events on Dr. Head’s calendar. Here’s what’s on tap for this week.

January 19 Rockford College Board of Trustees Executive Committee Meeting.

January 19 Rockford Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.

United Way campaign sign-up extended to January 20

A note from HR: Thank you to those of you who have pledged your support of our United Way Campaign in past years. As you plan your charitable giving for 2011, consider all of the positive impacts the United Way of Rock River Valley is producing in the community, and how even the smallest gifts will lead to positive change. Pledge cards were placed in your mailboxes in December and are available in HR.

Pledge cards are due back to Human Resources by January 20th.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Dinner coming in February

Mark your calendars for the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner February 18th. Invitations to be sent soon! 

Audition for Hands Across the Sea

Always wanted to perform? An open audition for Hands Across the Sea is Thursday, January 20th in Cheek Theatre (Clark Arts) at 7pm.

Tune in

Rockford College Radio Club announces the new Internet Radio Station. You can find links to the station on the inside pages of our website: And, don’t miss the launch party – this Friday from 4-6pm. Vince Chiarelli will host the launch show which will include an introduction to all people associated with the station, anticipated programming, and a celebration of the history of the original WRCR. Stay tuned for special guests.

Open Mic this Thursday

Open Mic returns this Thursday at 7pm in the Lion’s Den. Come showcase your talents on the live stage! And, Open Mic will be broadcast live on our new Internet radio station!

Are you a Leader? Do you want to stand out on campus?

Come to the first Enthusiastic Leaders Inspiring Through Excellence (ELITE) meeting of the spring semester on January 24th at 5:00pm in the Kent Center.

ELITE is Rockford College's leadership program providing the opportunity for students to develop and cultivate solid leadership skills. These skills will benefit students throughout their college years and beyond.

If you are a new or current student and interested in learning more about ELITE, please contact Student Activities at, or email Nicole Strautz at for more information. 

Remember, "Half the Sky" book discussion is next week

"Half the Sky” book discussion will take place on January 25th from 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM at the Rockford Public Library, Wyman Street branch.

Journalist Sheryl WuDunn and her husband Nicholas Kristof authored the New York Times bestseller, "Half the Sky.” The book follows the stories of extraordinary women around the world as the struggle to overcome oppression. They argue that empowering women is the key to alleviating poverty and uplifting communities in developing countries. Ms. WuDunn will be lecturing at Rockford College on March 15th as part of the Forum Series.

Learn more about the book, "Half the Sky” . Learn more about Half the Sky events here.


Here are some of the activities planned by Student Activities and the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement:

"Inception” Movie Night on Jan. 19th starting at 6:00pm in the Lion’s Den. Free Ice Staking at Carlson Ice Arena on Frost Friday, Jan. 21st, from 8:00pm-10:00pm. Service Wednesday is on Jan. 26th from 10:00am-12:00pm where you can volunteer at Carpenter’s Place.

For more information on these and other activities contact Lindsay Kent at, or call 815-394-4382.

First Forum of the Spring Semester: "Women and Tattoos”

"Women and Tattoos” is a talk that will be given by Margot Mifflin on Tuesday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Arts Center in Maddox Theatre.

Mifflin is an author, freelance journalist and feminist critic and has written about art, fiction, pop culture and women's issues (specifically, popular culture from a feminist slant and the cultural politics of transgressive bodies) for the New York Times, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, the Believer, and Mifflin is best known for "Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo,” a seminal study of the implicit politics of tattooed women and female tattooists.

Admission is free but tickets are required. For more information contact the Rockford College Box Office at 815-226-4100 or email

Learn more about the Forum Series here.

Out and about
Events that may be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.

Tuesday, January 18th, Lance Briggs Autograph Signing, 6 to 7 p.m., CherryVale Mall, 7200 Harrison Ave., Rockford. Pro Bowl Linebacker Lance Briggs of the 2010 NFC North Division Champion Chicago Bears will be signing autographs outside GQ Sports in the mall. Cost is $59.95 and includes one autograph. For more information call 815-332-2149.

Wednesday, January 19th, 25th Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition through Saturday, Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford. Nine teams from Illinois will compete, with the winner advancing to the 2012 National Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. One exhibition team (the winner of last year’s Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition) will also carve a sculpture. Fourteen area high school teams will participate in the High School Division, which takes place Thursday through Saturday. The public is encouraged to cast their vote for People’s Choice award between 8:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday. The sculptures are free to view. 815-987-8800;

Friday, January 21st, Rockford Legal Follies, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Sullivan Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford. Among the celebrities to star in Legal Follies: Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey; state Sen. Dave Syverson; Kimberly Nelson, Fox 39 news anchor; Laura Gibbs, morning show anchor at WREX; Ken DeCoster, WNTA news director. Judges include Rosemary Collins, Brian Shore, Lisa Fabiano, Gwyn Gulley, Mary Linn Green and Patrick Yarbrough. Tickets cost $30 and are available at the Winnebago County Bar Association office at 815-964-4992. Proceeds benefit the Winnebago County Bar Foundation.

Saturday, January 22nd, The German Society of Rockford Presents: Heimatabend, its Annual Cultural Event, 5 p.m., upstairs at 2500 N. Latham St., Rockford. Bar opens at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Entertainment starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $10; there is an additional charge for dinner. 815-877-4156;

RC in the news

· Last week Rockford College hosted the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast which received broadcast coverage on WIFR, WREX , and the Rockford Register Star. At the breakfast, scholarships were handed out to African-American high school males for outstanding academic achievements.

· Professor Bob Evans last week was interviewed by WREX about the convening of the State of Illinois General Assembly.

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